Boakye Agyarko, the former Energy Minister, claims that his relationship with President Akufo-Addo has deteriorated.
He claims that the last time he spoke directly with the President was over a year ago, and that telephone contacts with him had been nonexistent for several years.
“I’m no longer in a relationship with him.” No, I don’t think so. People get divorced after thirty years of marriage, don’t they? “It’s not because of enmity,” he told Asempa FM in Accra.
“I will never allow someone lower me so low as to despise him,” he said emphatically. I don’t dislike anyone, but there comes a moment when circumstances force you to go your own way, and you have to move on, so I did.”
Mr Agyarko was fired from the administration after it was discovered that he had deceived the President into signing the new AMERI agreement by executive order. Parliament had previously rejected the proposal.
The novation and amendment agreement sought to buy out Ameri Energy’s 15-year partnership with Ghana’s government under President John Mahama and give it over to a third party, Mytilineos.
Under the revised agreement, Ghana would have had to pay more than Ghc1 billion.
The new arrangement was rejected by Parliament’s joint committee on finance and energy because it lacked signatures from the Attorney General and Finance Minister.